Friday, January 13, 2012
Book Review: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer
With the new year here and so many people blogging about resolutions and starting over on the road to health, I know it's kind of strange that my first post of the new year is a book review. To be honest, there are so many things I want to post on but I am lacking the motivation to actually put a post together. I feel like the weekends fly by and time is so limited. We moved into our new rental house 3-4 weeks ago but are still not completely settled in. Every weekend is filled with unpacking and getting the house in order. But enough of that for now.....
Over the holidays, I made a trip home to see my family. I started reading Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer on my last trip home and I finished it this trip. This book was excellent. I would recommend it to anyone. I would recommend it to meat eaters, not to convert them to veganism, but to open their eyes to what goes on. I feel like that's something they owe the animal they are eating. At least find it in yourself to see the life and death of that animal. I know everyone is not going to be vegetarian, I am not that naive, but I would like to think that if people knew more about factory farms and the life and death of the animals, they might be more likely to seek out "humane" options. I say humane in quotations because my opinion is that no meat is humane but, once again, those are my beliefs. I would be thrilled if the book at least converted someone into a meat eater that is informed about the type of farm they get their meat from.
I never felt like this book was just spitting out facts and figures. I always felt like there was a story to Foer's writing. He went to some factory farms and interviewed some of the workers, the owners of the farms and animal rights advocates. I love that he decided to start working and researching this book after he had a child and he wanted to know what he was feeding his child. I think that's a really good point. People always worry about kids getting sick, getting infections, etc. but they often don't think about one of the most fundamental things to our survival and well-being: the food we eat.
If you have not read this book yet, I definitely recommend it. I think it will be an eye opener. I have been a vegan for 6 1/2 years and it still opened my eyes to many things I was not aware of. Some of the things were painful to read, however, I am very happy I did read the book. Go and read it! :)